On direct and indirect traction and the treatment of fractures of the lower limbs


This book contains examples of the progress of medicine as a result of the war. The author was a doctor in Bologna’s Gozzadini Hospital. Many of the cases are illustrated with images.


picture alfa-beta: Two pointed bow for direct traction on the skeleton, catching both the malleolus, according to the Schiassi method. Alpha – seen in the face. Beta – seen by the side.
picture 1 – Schiassi apparatus for transport and care of a man with lowe limbs broken. Here is portayed the apparatus for transport.
picture 2 – The above apparatus portayed in details of the elastic traction by prehension of both malleolus by the bow alpha for care of fractures.
picture 3 – Demonstration of the transport method of a man with the broken limb included in the apparatus.
picture 4 – The above apparatus demonstrates in details the elastic traction made on two handles of Erba plaster on both sides of the leg. The traction of the elastic. as the rule, remains the same for two or three weeks. A good type of elastic is the black model used for wallets, e elastics for every side; it’s useful also a common good rubber round-formed hose.
picture 5 – Demonstration of the technique of elastic traction by an apparatus with a double slant surface (useful especially for over-condyloid fractures) and by a Schiassi bow that catch both malleolus.
picture 6 – Technique of the elastic traction in the above apparatus by plaster: the traction on the blaster is made by the elastic. It is intermediated by a steel or zinced iron handle, shaped as a great safety needle.
picture Y – Two pointed Schiassi bow for direct traction by cortical prehension on the sides of the heel.
picture 7 – Direct traction on the heel by the bow Y (malleolar fractures). Here the points of the apparatus are leaved without medication (collodion); so the place where they are fixed is visible.
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On direct and indirect traction and the treatment of fractures of the lower limbs
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